Holly Hirst


Professor of Mathematics
and Mathematics Graduate Program Co-Director

Appalachian State University

Welcome to my webpage. Please follow the links on the left to find out about me. I may be contacted at:

Department of Mathematical Sciences

BOX 32092

Boone, NC 28608


shipping address: 121 Bodenheimer Drive #327 (UPS/FedEx)
physical location: 327 Walker Hall

Fall 2017 Schedule

I am teaching MAT 1035 Business Math, MAT 2240 Linear Algebra, MAT 3310 Discrete and Continuous Modeling, and 5525 Product of Learning, and I am mentoring graduate students in MAT 1035 Business Math. Students should be checking ASULearn regularly for information about these courses.

I am usually on campus Monday through Friday from 9 to 5, except Thursdays on which I may come in s little later. My office hours are

If you need to see me outside of class or office hours you should make an appointment. Email is the best way to contact me if I am not in my office.

Professional activities

I have served on the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET) from 2009 through 2014, and on the Education Committees and as coordinator for the Mathematics Workshop sessions for Super Computing 2011 (SC11) and Super Computing 2010 (SC10). I also served as regional coordinator for the Mathematical Association of America's Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) initiative and as co-PI on the NSF funded National Computational Science Institute and Shodor Computational Science Institute. I also help when I can with Project Interactivate and other mathematics and computational science initiatives at The Shodor Education Foundation.

I served from 2005 through 2013 as the Associate Dean in the Cratis Williams Graduate School, during which time I was responsible for and supervised staff in graduate recruiting, admissions, assistantships, and records. In that capacity I served on many University committees and as secretary for the North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools.

Selected publications

Selected Honors and Awards

See my vita for more information. [Full Text of PhD Thesis]

Personal information

I am married to Dr. Jeff Hirst, also a professor of mathematics at Appalachian. We both love mathematics, cooking, music, science fiction,traveling (especially to St. John USVI) and living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We share our home with our four furry children: June, Remi, Henry, and CC (clockwise from left).